David Aldridge specializes in developing research methods suitable for various therapeutic initiatives, including the creative arts therapies, complementary medicine and nursing. 
His first training was as an art educator and he continues to exhibit. His interests have extended to photography and large format print media. He concentrates predominantly on landscape photography and is currently working on a series “Stations of the Cross” based upon Australian landscapes. 

His recent work combines poetry and photography.

After working in community arts, he completed a doctoral research program as a social scientist. This doctoral work was a piece of pioneering qualitative research concerning suicidal behavior and was published in 1999 as  “Suicide: the tragedy of hopelessness” Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London

In this book he observes several settings where suicidal behavior occurs, including the emergency hospital ward. The main focus is on suicidal behavior as it occurs in relational settings and demonstrates how individuals become isolated from their significant others. It is this process of isolation and escalating distress that is central to becoming suicidal and sometimes the interventions to relieve distress when focused upon limited understandings only serve to escalate that distress.

He has worked in various community research programs bringing together medicine and the arts. In the 1980’s he was Senior Research Fellow at St: Mary’s Medical School, London and participated in the inception of the renowned “Marylebone Project” instigated by Patrick Pietroni. This project included a general medical practice, various complementary medical approaches, music therapy and Christian healing within the same building. This would now be known as Integrated Medicine. At the same time he produced his first book, “One body: A guide to healing within the Church”, London: S.P.C.K., 1987. “A team approach to terminal care: personal implications for patients and practitioners. Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners 1987; 37:364; “A community approach to cancer in families”. Journal of Maternal and Child Health 1987;12:182-185; “Families, cancer and dying”. Family Practice 1987, 4:212-218. These were his first writings bringing religion, medicine and community initiatives together. 

From this experience he also contributed to the early literature regarding complementary medicine, Lewith, G and Aldridge, D. Complementary medicine and the European Community. C.W. Daniel Co.: Saffron Walden, 1991, including the first handbook of research methodologies Lewith, G and Aldridge, D. Clinical research methodology for complementary therapies. Hodder and Stoughton: London 1993. This work culminated in the book “Health, the Individual, and Integrated medicine: In search of an health care aesthetic”, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2004.

He examined the Cost B4 Action regarding Complementary Therapies in Europe for the European Commission in 1999.

In recent years this work concerning spirituality has been extended and culminated in his book  “Spirituality, healing and medicine: Return to the silence” Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London 2000, which is the third book in a trilogy.This  book was followed by his work in integrative medicine bringing together several themes that reiterate the importance of the aesthetic in health care delivery.

His work with music therapy was published in 1997 as “Music therapy research and practice in medicine” by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London . The same publisher presents his current books “Music therapy in palliative care” and “Music therapy in dementia care”, which are edited editions of collected papers from around the world aiming to bring new clinical authors to the attention of a broader academic readership. The latest books in this series is “Case study designs in music therapy”, which argues for a practice based approach to music therapy research  and “Music therapy in neurological rehabilitation: Performing Health”, which also presents the work of several of his former doctoral students.

Finally, in furthering the aim of broadening the audience for the creative arts therapies and qualitative research, he has pioneered a website that includes an electronic journal, a free access database to a variety of complementary medical databases and information about music therapy worldwide.

David Aldridge

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